By: Marites Toledo
THE administration of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, through the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), officially declared Senator Leila de Lima as “Public Enemy No. 1.”
The declaration was made as Solicitor General Jose Calida accused De Lima of being Public Enemy No. 1 because she has been attacking Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.
De Lima’s criticism against Duterte is her reaction to the President’s accusation that the neophyte senator was a protector of drug syndicates operating inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
De Lima, according to Duterte, got money from the drug lords to finance her senatorial bid.
This was confirmed by a number of NBP drug lords during congressional hearing.
Aside from this, self-proclaimed drug lord Rolan Kerwin Espinosa revealed a Senate Committee hearing that he gave De Lima a total of P8 Million months before the campaign started last year.
Espinosa’s claim was corroborated by Ronnie Dayan, De Lima’s lover for 7 years, driver and bodyguard.
De Lima and several former government officials and drug lords are facing a number of criminal charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ).
DOJ has yet to conclude on the charges before formally filing them at the proper court.
Calida emphasized to the media that he will use and maximize the powers of the Office of the Solicitor General to support the cases filed against De Lima.
Calida said “Senator De Lima should not be left to her own devious devices. High priestess of hypocrisy. Patron saint of narco-politics. Public Enemy No. 1.”
“I am invoking the power of the Solicitor General as tribune of the people. In order to strengthen their resolve, I will lend the prestige and gravitas of my office to help them in their cases,” he vowed.
The OSG is mandated to represent the government, its agencies and instrumentalities and its officials and agents in any litigation, proceeding, investigation or matter requiring the services of lawyers.
When authorized by the President or head of the office concerned, the Solicitor General can also represent government owned or controlled corporations.
According to the OSG website, the solicitor general may also represent the government and/or the people “before any court, tribunal, body or commission in any matter, action or proceedings which, in his opinion affects the welfare of the people as the ends of justice may require.”
Calida joined the attacks on De Lima as the latter made series of criticism against Duterte when she went to the United States and now in Germany.
As she dies her tirade on Duterte, De Lima maintained her innocence on the accusations.
She described Calida’s statements as “another of lunacy on the part of those evil forces. They’re as unhinged as their principal (President Duterte).”